Glasgow Vegan Food Guide

 

Glasgow is known for being a vegan haven and like Berlin you’ll notice vegan options at every turn. For this reason Jess from Simply Living Vegan, Sarah from Sarah Kirby Blog and I decided to go on a bloggers trip to Glasgow for a long weekend.

In three days there was no way that we would even make a dent in Glasgow’s vegan food scene. Nevertheless we packed our baggy pants and an appetite with the intention of giving it a damn good go. Here’s what we tried.

 

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There were plenty of places that we could have gone for breakfast but two places stood out in our research.

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Type of restaurant: Vegan

Price: ££

Rating: 9/10

Serenity Now Glasgow

If you’re looking for an Instagrammable location then Serenity Now is for you. With a big window bringing in natural light, cacti adorning the shelves, rustic wooden tables and pooches strolling around you’ve got the perfect setting. What’s more the food was in one word…sensational. I had their Vegan Weekend Brunch which included a multitude of things such as fake bacon, kale, spicy homemade baked beans, a polenta cake and more. I love breakfasts like this that are more of a tapas meal. It means that you get to try a little bit of everything.

Serenity Now Glasgow

Lentil and sage sausage patty, streaky sriram bacon, home fries, frittata, frijoles, toast tomato, kale and mushroom avocado toast topped with sunflower seeds and pepita bacon

 

Jess went for an açai bowl which came with granola and a mango ice lolly…yes an ice lolly. The portion was huge but Jess enjoyed it once she got past the brain freeze.

Serenity Now Glasgow

Açai blended with banana, rolled oats, almond milk and agave syrup, topped with fresh berries, homemade superfood granola and a mango popsicle

 

However the absolute winner was Sarah’s pancakes. OMG (yes it deserves caps) they were incredible. The pancakes were made from chia seeds and spelt making them thick and fluffy. We all tried them and they truly were a highlight of our trip.

Serenity Now Glasgow

Spelt and chia pancakes (blueberry or chocolate chip) topped with strawberry butter and chia jam, maple syrup and pumpkin seed brittle.

 

Mala Carne

Type of restaurant: Vegetarian

Price: ££

Rating: 8/10

You’ll find Mala Carne in the southern district of Glasgow. It’s a small vegetarian cafe but the majority, if not all their options can be made vegan. I ummed and ahhed on whether to go sweet or savoury but settled on some chocolate chip pancakes with poached apricots. The presentation and combination of flavours was top notch.

Mala Carne Glasgow

Vegan chocolate chip pancakes with poached apricots, cherries and an orange cream cheese.  

 

Jess went for the Vegan Polenta Weekend Brunch and Sarah the avocado and tofu on toast. None of the dishes were small so make sure that you come with an appetite.

Mala Carne Glasgow

Vegan polenta, avocado, scrambled smoked tofu, spinach, roast cherry tomatoes, flat mushroom, homemade baked beans and toast 

 


Lunch

Before we arrived in Glasgow we had asked the Instagram community to recommend places to eat and these three were recommended time and time again. Thanks to those of you that shared your picks!

Mono

Type of restaurant: Vegan

Price: ££

Rating: 6.5/10

Mono is a quirky cafe as it doubles up as a music venue. Although nobody was playing when we were there you could imagine a band on the stage and a crowd of people moshing below. Food wise we decided to get a few things to share which included battered tofu and chips and Mac n Cheese. The Mac n Cheese was creamy in consistency but in my opinion lacked in cheesiness. If I’m honest I’ve not found a vegan Mac n Cheese that has wowed me to date. It either lacks in consistency or taste and this didn’t perfectly nail either.

Mono Glasgow

With the battered tofu I’d never tried anything like it before and being completely honest I didn’t like it. Unfortunately the tofu had a charred smokey flavour that didn’t agree with me.

Overall I was a little disappointed with Mono. We had such high expectations as people spoke of it as a vegan institution but sadly the food that i tried wasn’t to my taste.

 

Stereo Bar

Type of restaurant: Vegan

Price: ££

Rating: 6/10

Stereo Bar was another place that I’d heard of before we’d even decided to visit Glasgow. It had been described as vegan comfort food and in some ways I agree with that. Options on their menu include gnocchi, pizza, pies, burgers and more. Jess and I went for a pie and pizza to share. An odd combo but when in Rome…and Sarah chose the gnocchi.

Stereo Bar Glasgow

The pizza was lovely but the base a little tough. The pie was disappointing. It was more like a runny mushroom stroganoff with a bit of puff pastry on top. Unfortunately it was not what we expected when it said “pie” on the menu.

Sarah (the queen of ordering) chose the best meal in my opinion which was the lemon gnocchi. It was zesty and fresh. Yummy.

 

Picnic

Type of restaurant: Vegetarian

Price: ££

Rating: 9/10

 

Picnic Cafe Glasgow

Picnic was our first food stop on our Glasgow vegan food crawl. I had a toasted vegetable focaccia which was insanely good. Toasted focaccia is definitely the way to go. Jess had a spicy bean wrap which was incredibly garlicky. Let’s just say…no strangers dared approach. Sarah chose a vegan BLT which looked great too.

Picnic Cafe Glasgow

Toasted vegetable focaccia filled with pesto, roasted vegetables, vegan cheese and sun dried tomatoes

 

The food and the staff in Picnic were amazing and we actually went back on our final day to grab some cake as we liked it there so much. It was meant for the boyfriend but it didn’t last more than an hour in my hands. Whoopsie!

 


Dinner

Steak Cattle and Roll

Type of restaurant: Vegan Friendly

Price: ££

Rating: 8/10

Steak, Cattle and Roll had a number of vegan burgers on their menu, vegan milkshakes – both alcoholic and non and even a vegan sundae for dessert. Sarah and Jess both had a burger which they both demolished – it can only be a good sign.

Steak, Cattle and Roll Glasgow

The Classic Vegan: Vegan burger, melted vegan cheese, topped with zesty green slaw, red cabbage slaw, sautéed onions & aioli.

 
I went for the Melting Vegan Banoffi Sundae which I had high hopes for but the word sickly comes to mind. It was so sweet that I started to feel a bit sick about a quarter of the way through. It’s so good to see so many vegan options in a typically non vegan kind of restaurant, but their dessert was just too sweet, even for a person who holds her hands up as a sugar addict.

Steak, Cattle and Roll Glasgow

Vanilla ice cream, fresh banana, crunchy biscoff crumbs, whipped cream, hot caramel and a wee treat

 

Lotus Vegetarian

Type of restaurant: Vegetarian

Price: £££

Rating: 8/10

Chinese cuisine is not typically something that I go for. Indian is more my thing being half Indian and all, but when there’s a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in the vicinity you can’t say no.

Lotus Vegetarian Glasgow

This was the occasion that we well and truly went all out and I mean all out. We had a starter of vegan prawn toast, vegan miso soup and vegan spring rolls. In fact, just assume that everything I say is vegan (as it will be) from now on to save me putting “vegan” in front of everything. The miso soup was warming and a bit salty, just the way I like it. The spring rolls were as you’d expect and the prawn toast I was told by the girls was very similar to what they remember real prawn toast tasting like.

Lotus Vegetarian Glasgow

For main we had sweet and sour vegetables, dried beancurd in black bean sauce, beancurd in a satay sauce, chow mein and rice. All the food bar the dried beancurd – which was a slightly odd texture – was delicious. It definitely re-kindled my enjoyment of Chinese food.

 


Snacks

Loop & Scoop

Type of restaurant: Vegan Friendly

Price: £££

Rating: 8/10

Loop and Scoop Glasgow

When I lived in Spain I used to get so much enjoyment from eating churros but apart from the Tesco’s churros that come out at Christmas I haven’t found anywhere that sells vegan variants. I was therefore thrilled to discover Loop and Scoop! Between the three of us we shared a humongous Vegan Cookies Galore Churro which came with two scoops of vegan ice cream – we chose strawberry and coconut. It was such a treat but I’m so glad that we shared. I would have been well and truly bouncing off the walls otherwise.

 

The V & V Cafe

Type of restaurant: Vegan

Price: ££

Rating: 8/10

The V & V Cafe Glasgow

We popped into the V & V Cafe when walking to the Botanical Gardens and there were so many yummy looking vegan sandwiches, pies and cakes. They even had a little vegan ice cream stand. If the weather hadn’t been drizzle – Google lied about it being dry – then we would have got one. The staff were so friendly and it’s the ideal place to grab some items for a picnic before hitting the Botanical Gardens.

 

Market Coffee

Type of restaurant: Vegan Friendly

Price: ££

Rating: 7/10

Market Cafe Glasgow

Market Coffee is Katie Lavie’s Cafe which recently opened. The interior – as expected – are homeware goals. Think rose gold and pastels. Tres chic. We stopped off at Market Coffee for some cake and coffee. Jess had a raspberry and chocolate loaf and Sarah had a rhubarb crumble cake.

Market Cafe Glasgow

 

You’ll be glad to hear that that’s it. You can’t deny that there are an abundance of vegan friendly cafes, bars and restaurants in Glasgow. It really is a very vegan friendly city and you certainly will not go without.

What are your favourite vegan or vegan friendly restaurants in Glasgow and more importantly, what were you favourite dishes?

Anjuli

13 Comments

  1. July 29, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Yummmm! Such beautiful pics and amazing food. The pancakes with apricots 😍Also that gnocchi – yum! It alll looks amazing. I definitely have to hit ghat churro spot. Also tesco used to just do the churros at Christmas but I guess because they sell so well they have them all year round. I love them!

    Siobhan ~ http://www.veganbabelife.co.uk

    • Anjuli
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Those churros were simply incredible. I wish we had one close to where i live. Glasgow was fantastic for vegan food. We were all really impressed.

    • Anjuli
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      All the pancakes were amazing. I wish that mine turned out just as good at home!

  2. July 29, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Serenity Now is too cute! The menu at Mono sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to get to Glasgow!
    Dana
    Nowheretobeproject.com

    • Anjuli
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      I absolutely loved Serenity Now. Their pancakes and weekend brunch were just incredible!

  3. July 29, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Wow, I have serious food envy right now! Poached eggs with pancakes is such an unlikely combo in my mind but sounds so delicious, will have to try that out x

    • Anjuli
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Poached eggs? Just pancakes and syrup with these pancakes. They were amazing though 🙂

  4. July 30, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I am drooling haha! I’ve never been to Glasgow but now I really want to- I can’t believe how many vegan places there are- it’s so impressive! All looks amazing- the chinese and the pancakes sound absolutely yummy- I used to love prawn toast and have yet to find anywhere that does a vegan version! Shame about the pie- I’ve had those types before where it’s basically just puff pastry on top and they really just don’t compare to a proper pie do they! Overall looks and sounds like you had a fantastic trip and it was a joy to read!

    Emma x

    • Anjuli
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks Emma! Glasgow was such a surprise for vegan food. It was a bit like Berlin in that you found vegan options included in most menus so you didn’t even really need to search for it. I was really impressed. Apparently Manchester is also good for vegan food, so that’s the next one on the list 🙂

  5. August 2, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    It’s too late for me to be so hungry! I need to get to a vegan restaurant ASAP. All these places look so dreamy, I am loving the look of Mono and Lotus especially! Glasgow is amazinggg
    jenny x | http://www.jennyrosee.com

    • Anjuli
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      August 6, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Lotus was really good. There were so many options that everyone is bound to find something that they love.

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